Ryan Besgrove

Graduated: 2002

Current Role: Teacher Consultant in EdTech 

Did you always aspire to be in the job position you currently hold?

No. I didn’t have a clear goal or objective when I left. I just wanted to go to Uni. I studied Business first before returning 8 or so years later to study Teaching

What have you done since leaving CTHS?

I left CTHS and went straight into 3 years studying business. I worked full time at a media company for 3 years before traveling Europe. The GFC forced me home early. I returned to working in media before making the change to working in Education. That shift made me feel more at home in my career. I worked for 6 years at a school as a Commerce, Economics, and Business Studies teacher before beginning my current role at the very start of 2020. It’s been a wild few years since.

Describe your average work day....

It changes every week and every day. My focus is on helping our users, who are teachers and administrators, get the most out of our EdTech platform. This means that those teachers can do the best by their students. Helping them consists of running in person training, to creating videos to support them, through to trying to help our product team refine the platform that we’re using.

Please share some words of wisdom for today's students...

Never stop learning. You build an excellent habit of growing every year that you are in school. Once you leave that falls on you to keep improving and growing. There is so much out there to see and do. Keep that hunger

Any shoutouts to a special teacher or subject you think really helped?

Every year at CTHS I had a minimum of 5 excellent teachers across various subjects. All of them helped me develop a love of learning and the subject they taught. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t count myself as lucky for being there at CTHS

What were the greatest lessons you learned at CTHS that you have carried with you into your career?

You are better off learning to get good at something you love doing than you are learning to love something you are good at.

What piece of advice do you have for students today given your experience in the working world?

It seems cliché and you’re going to hear this a lot. Until you experience the world outside this might also seem like empty advice. Follow your passions. Finding out what those passions are is harder than you think. Your passions tap into a part of you that isn’t inside of everyone. And it’s your secret fuel source to help power you through whatever it is you want to achieve.